Cleveland Humanities Festival features staged reading presented by Literary Cleveland

Literary Cleveland is presenting a staged reading during this year’s Cleveland Humanities Festival, at 7 p.m. March 17 and 18.

The hour-long performance, titled “I Will Sing for You: Humanities Fest Staged Reading,” features original work by Northeast Ohio writers Nicholas Cohen, Diane Ferri, Aubrey Hirsch, Ray McNiece, Philip Metres, Darlene Montonaro, Robin Pease, Mimi Plevin-Foust, Susan Rakow, Jane Richmond, Elaine Schleiffer, Karen Schubert, Jill Sell, Mary Weems, and Joe Kapitan. The works will be performed by Davis Aguila, Andrea Belser, David Bugher, Anne McEvoy and Kimberly Silas. The program is directed by Dale Heinen.

Lit Cleveland’s call for submissions earlier this year garnered over 180 poems, stories, and plays from writers throughout Northeast Ohio, according to a news release. The moving, often funny works explore issues such as aging, disability, addiction, race and poverty, and the inequities in our current health care system.

The free event at Cleveland State University’s Student Center Ballroom will showcase the same work both nights. A reception with the actors and writers will follow each performance. Attendees should register in advance for the event.

This program is made possible with the support of the George Gund Foundation, the Baker Nord Center for the Humanities, Cleveland Humanities Festival, and Cleveland State University.

Literary Cleveland is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help create and nurture a vibrant literary arts community in Northeast Ohio. For more information, visit

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